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Boston College Hockey Advances To Hockey East Championship Game

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First, let's start with this ridiculous goal by BC. 

With the game tied at 2, after a great save by Muse, Steven Whitney picked up a pass from Dumoulin on the counter-attack. Skating across the ice, falling away in a slightly awkward position, Whitney tried to throw the puck on net. He went with the backhand, and not even looking at Rawlings, shelved the puck over Rawlings' shoulder and into the back of the net. 

Goal of the year, right? Fast forward to the 3:11 mark.

 

The men earned a sloppy 5-4 win over Northeastern in the Hockey East semifinals to advance to the Hockey East Tournament Championship for a league best 15th time. In addition to Stephen Whitney's sick goal, BC got goals from Brian Gibbons (17th of the season), Kevin Hayes (4th), Tommy Cross (7th) and Pat Mullane (7th).

John Muse made 33 saves to improve to 26-5-1 on the year. With Muse's first save of the night, he surpassed Greg Taylor for the school's all-time saves record (3,605).

BC committed a lot of dumb penalties, including back-to-back penalties on Steven Whitney in the second period. As soon as Whitney emerged from the penalty box after serving two minutes for a charging penalty, he tripped up a Northeastern player and got sent right back to the box for an interference call. The Eagles also gave up three power plays late in the third -- Samuelsson at 15:01 for tripping, Wey at 16:26 for hooking and Gibbons at 18:17 for interference -- that allowed the Huskies to get back in this one.

York did get a very good effort from the Eagles' special teams last night. BC went 3-6 on the man advantage, tallying 10 shots.

The Eagles will face the Merrimack Warriors tonight at 7 PM for the Hockey East Championship. Merrimack was a 4-1 winner over UNH last night in the second semifinal. BC is 9-5 all-time in the Hockey East Championship, having won five of the last six league championship games played. Merrimack will be making its first ever appearance in the Hockey East Tournament Championship.

Merrimack won this year's season series 2-1-0, though the two programs haven't faced one another in 2011.